Western Michigan University

Welcome to the Office of the
Vice President for Research (OVPR)


Discovery is broad and deep at Western Michigan University. Our hundreds of faculty and staff have created a rich diversity of research and creative activities. OVPR facilitates, supports, and sustains both individual investigators and collaborative programs. We encourage internal and external inter-disciplinary and inter-organizational Discovery initiatives. OVPR assists with external funding proposal development and submission, manages the awarding and administration of internal funding support, and oversees compliance with research-related federal, state, and University regulations. This site provides tools and resources to help you do Discovery at WMU.


To access Proposal Approval Form (PAF) click here.

If new to the PAF system, please go here for an overview and instructions.

Front Page News - What's Happening!

Discover Discovery Workshops Offered

OVPR, with the Office of Faculty Development, will offer Discover Discovery series again this year. The October 21, November 4, November 18 and December 2 workshops are now open for registration. For workshop descriptions go to the registration site:

Register for Discover Discovery.

Technology Development Fund application deadline: November 5, 2014

Discovery Experts

Discovery Experts Database is a tool designed to enhance your reach and reputation as a Discovery Expert.

If you added additional content during Phase 3 (May - July 31) to your discovery profile, your changes will be reflected in the main discovery Experts database in early September after the data is uploaded. In the meantime, you can access your profile information at the link below:

Click here to access Discovery Experts

Frequently Asked Questions

Funding Opportunities Highlights

Featured monthly are new funding opportunities relevant for WMU faculty and staff. To review funding opportunities highlighted this month here. To review featured funding opportunities highlighted in October click here

Congratulations to WMU Faculty and Staff!

External Award Activity - July 1, 2013 - September 30, 2014

Submissions:523| Awards:401

Updated October 14, 2014

Office of the Vice President for Research
Western Michigan University
210 W Walwood Hall
Kalamazoo, MI 49008-5456 USA
(269) 387-8298 | (269) 387-8276 Fax